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Procedures for Requesting Waivers/Substitutions for the PhD Teaching Requirement

1. Requests for waivers or substitution for the requirement should ordinarily be made within the first year of the student’s academic program and no later than the time at which the program is filed.

2. Requests should be submitted by the student with an explanation of why the waiver or substitution is being requested. Requests should be submitted in writing, addressed to the Associate Chair, and accompanied by a supporting memorandum from the major professor.

3. Decisions to grant or refuse requests for waivers or substitutions will be made by the Associate Chair on the basis of the general guidelines developed by the Department. Ordinarily, such decisions will be made in consultation with the Teaching Assistant Mentor.

4. Appeals of the decisions of the Associate Chair may be lodged with the Graduate Studies Committee. The appeal request should be addressed to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and copies to the Associate Chair. If desired, decisions of the Graduate Studies Committee may be appealed to the Chairperson of the Department.

Approved by the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology on April 26, 1999